Scorpions rally, tie Gladiators, 2-2


Since girls soccer began in Howard County, Oakland Mills has never lost to Glenelg, but the Scorpions came close yesterday.

With less than three minutes to play in regulation, Lauren McHargue booted a perfect direct kick from 35 yards out to give the Scorpions a 2-2 tie. That's where the game ended after double overtime.

The tie marked the first time the host Gladiators (6-3 overall, 2-2-1 league) had even managed to tie Oakland Mills (5-3-1, 2-2-1).

"It's better than a loss definitely," said Scorpions striker Ginny Dye. "But it's a little bit disappointing, because we were hoping to come away with a win. We feel pretty good that we came back and tied it up. That shows a lot of heart on our part."

Both teams had hoped for a win that would break them out of the pack in the Howard County standings where four teams were tied for third place going into yesterday's games.

"It was an opportunity," said Gladiators coach Mike Williams. "But now we're still in the middle of it. Each team had opportunities to put it away and didn't do it."

The Gladiators had most of their chances in the first half, but they managed just one goal. Gracia Walker headed in a corner kick from Emily Cox in the 35th minute.

In the second half, the Scorpions outshot Glenelg, 16-5, but the Gladiators struck first. Kim Ridolfi nudged a crossing pass from Lee Custer just past diving Scorpions' keeper Nyiesha Ford (11 saves) in the 66th minute.

"We played well for two or three more minutes, then the bottom fell out," said Williams. "Give credit to Oakland Mills, they scored them when they had to."

Even before the second Glenelg goal, the Scorpions set up a handful of opportunities, including a couple of corner kicks.

Both of the Scorpions' goals yesterday came on restarts, and both came in the final 12 minutes of regulation.

After Terri Hayman was tripped in the box, Dye scored on the penalty kick to pull within 2-1.

Another trip on Hayman set up McHargue's goal nine minutes later. Stopper McHargue placed her kick perfectly so it slipped under the bar right over the head of Glenelg keeper Jennifer Hayes (10 saves).

"It was one of those that just lofted up and I misjudged it maybe or maybe it was just too high for me to get," said Hayes, who was looking into the sun but said that wasn't a factor.

In overtime, Glenelg outshot the Scorpions, 3-0, but Oakland Mills had the ball on offense most of the time and could not finish.

* Wilde Lake 3, Atholton 0: Anne Merke scored all three goals for host Wilde Lake (7-3, 4-1) in its victory over Atholton (6-4, 2-3). Freshman Amanda Berman assisted on all three goals.

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